11/21/2019

Prog Rock Christmas Featuring Members of YES, Renaissance, Utopia, Focus, Curved Air, Hawkwind & Others!


Special guest performance by legendary actor Malcolm McDowell!

Join producer Billy Sherwood (Yes, Circa) for an expansive musical journey through Christmas classics of yesterday and today, all performed by leading figures in Prog Rock music!

Includes gorgeous performances by guitar legend Steve Morse, angelic vocalists Annie Haslam (of Renaissance) and Sonja Kristina (of Curved Air) plus Thijs Van Leer (of Focus), Simon House (of Hawkwind) and others! Also a special guest performance by actor Malcolm McDowell!

Available on both CD in an attractive digipak and on limited edition vinyl in your choice of RED or WHITE!

Track List:
1. Run With The Fox - Jon Davison
2. Christmas Lights - Kasim Sulton
3. Carol Of The Bells - Steve Morse
4. The Twelve Days Of Christmas - Annie Haslam
5. Wonderful Christmastime - Billy Sherwood & Patrick Moraz
6. I Believe In Father Christmas - Martin Turner
7. Fairytale Of New York - Leslie Hunt & Robin McAuley
8. O Come All Ye Faithful - Sonja Kristina
9. A Christmas Song - Thijs Van Leer
10.  You’re A Mean One, Mr. Grinch - Malcolm McDowell
11. Linus & Lucy (Charlie Brown Christmas Theme) - Geoff Downes [CD ONLY]
12. Silent Night - Nik Turner & Simon House
13. Happy Christmas (War Is Over) - John Wetton

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11/19/2019

Progressive Rock Review: Mostly Autumn-White Rainbow

Release Date: March 1, 2019
Label:  Mostly Autumn Records
The artwork on Mostly Autumn's latest offering, White Rainbow, depicts a mirrored sunrise over a snowy mountain encompassed by a white rainbow.  The image is apt, as the album reflects genuinely on the loss of their former and longtime guitarist Liam Davison, while at the same time, pointing the way to new beginnings.  
After 12 studio albums, most bands find a groove that works and ride in comfort within it.  Mostly Autumn's 13th album finds the band breaking out of any supposed rut and venturing forth to produce a modern-day progressive folk-rock masterwork.
Each track on White Rainbow is a story unto itself.  Filled with atmosphere, conflict, and triumph, crescendos rise at the point of epiphany and fall upon the listener with beauty and grace.  At seventy-nine minutes, Mostly Autumn feels in a sense like a movie soundtrack supporting a majestic drama.  Celtic folk undertones place the listener in the mind of proud warriors riding through the countryside on a quest to rescue their captured Queen. Valhalla, be damned. 
The slow atmospheric intros are joined by soaring vocal harmony and accentuated by torrents of accomplished guitar work.  At the point when the listener feels the song has reached its peak, Mostly Autumn rises to another level. Therein lies the beauty of blending folk sensibilities with progressive stylings. The songs don't have to end where one thinks they might.  White Rainbow leads the listener into a false sense of calm and security and then hit you with a guitar-driven onslaught leaving you weakened, yet exhilarated. 
The energy behind this orchestration is Olivia Sparnenn's voice, which packs the one-two punch of power and vulnerability. Think of the dramatic soprano of Ann Wilson intermingled with the tenderness of (dare I say) Olivia Newton-John. Ms. Sparnenn's vocals layered upon such vibrant musicianship put this listener in the mind of Sandy Denny on Led Zeppelin's Battle of Evermore. 
All in all, Mostly Autumn’s White Rainbow is a polished work whose whole is greater than the sum of its parts.  Listen to it straight through, and you'll realize the depth and breadth of its brilliance.  This is a progressive rock treasure you'll be thrilled you discovered and a musical dream from which you won't want to wake. 
Key Tracks Include: “Burn”, “Run for the Sun”, “Western Skies”, “Into the Stars”, “The Undertow”

Tom Endyke - MuzikMan.net Staff
November 14, 2019

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Tracks:
01.  Procession
02.  Viking Funeral
03.  Burn
04.  Run for the Sun
05.  Western Skies
06.  Into the Stars
07.  Up
08.  The Undertow
09.  Gone
10.  White Rainbow
11.  Young

11/18/2019

BE-BOP DELUXE MODERN MUSIC 5 DISC LIMITED EDITION BOXED SET


Released December 6, 2019

• A DELUXE 5 DISC LIMITED EDITION BOXED SET OF THE CLASSIC 1976 ALBUM BY BE-BOP DELUXE
• NEWLY REMASTERED FROM THE ORIGINAL MASTER TAPES
• FEATURING AN ADDITIONAL 55 BONUS TRACKS DRAWN FROM NEW 5.1 SURROUND SOUND & STEREO MIXES FROM THE ORIGINAL MULTI-TRACK MASTER TAPES, A CONCERT RECORDED BY BBC RADIO FROM OCTOBER 1976, A PREVIOUSLY UNRELEASED “OFFICIAL BOOTLEG” RECORDING OF A CONCERT AT THE RIVIERA THEATER IN CHICAGO IN MARCH 1976, PREVIOUSLY UNRELEASED OUT-TAKES FROM THE ALBUM SESSIONS, ALONG WITH A BBC TV OLD GREY WHISTLE TEST APPEARANCE FROM NOVEMBER 1976
• INCLUDES A LAVISHLY ILLUSTRATED BOOK WITH MANY PREVIOUSLY UNSEEN PHOTOGRAPHS & NEW ESSAY BY BILL NELSON
• ALSO INCLUDES POSTCARDS AND A REPLICA POSTER

Esoteric Recordings is proud to announce the release of a new re-mastered five-disc deluxe expanded boxed set limited edition (comprising 4 CDs and a DVD) of MODERN MUSIC the legendary 1976 album by BE-BOP DELUXE.

Recorded in June and July 1976 at Abbey Road Studio Three, MODERN MUSIC was the fourth album by Be Bop Deluxe and the second to feature the line-up of BILL NELSON (vocals, guitars, keyboards), CHARLES TUMAHAI (bass, vocals), ANDY CLARK (keyboards) and SIMON FOX (drums). Following on from the success and critical praise for the band’s previous album SUNBURST FINISH, the album was once more co-produced by BILL NELSON and JOHN LECKIE.

Much of the material appearing on the album was conceived by Bill Nelson whilst Be Bop Deluxe were undertaking their first tour of the USA in March 1976. The wonderful and expansive MODERN MUSIC “suite” which dominated the album was inspired by Bill’s experiences of America, the disillusionment with the US music business and a longing for home. Beside the fine achievement of the suite, MODERN MUSIC also featured other fine songs such as Orphans of Babylon, Kiss of Light, The Bird Charmers Destiny and the epic Down on Terminal Street, all of which ensured that the album was a hit in both the UK and the USA.

This expanded reissue has been newly re-mastered from the original master tapes and features an additional 55 bonus tracks drawn from a stunning new 5.1 surround sound & stereo mixes from the original multi-track tapes by award winning engineer Stephen W. Tayler, previously unreleased out-takes from the album sessions, a BBC Radio “In Concert” performance from October 1976, along with a bonus CD of a previously unreleased “official bootleg” of a performance at The Riviera Theater in Chicago in March 1976 recorded for FM Radio on Be Bop Deluxe’s first US tour which features a rare jam entitled Bill’s Blues. The set also includes visual material taken from a session for BBC TV’s “Old Grey Whistle Test” show broadcast in November 1976.

Another highlight of this limited-edition boxed set is the lavishly illustrated 68-page book with many previously unseen photographs and an essay of recollections by Bill Nelson. Additionally, the set includes postcards and a replica poster. This special deluxe limited-edition boxed set of MODERN MUSIC is a fitting tribute to a fine band and the creative vision of Bill Nelson.



TRACK LISTING

DISC ONE: CD

MODERN MUSIC
THE ORIGINAL STEREO MIX:

1. ORPHANS OF BABYLON
2. TWILIGHT CAPERS
3. KISS OF LIGHT
4. THE BIRD CHARMERS DESTINY
5. THE GOLD AT THE END OF MY RAINBOW
6. BRING BACK THE SPARK
7. MODERN MUSIC
8. DANCING IN THE MOONLIGHT (ALL ALONE)
9. HONEYMOON ON MARS
10. LOST IN THE NEON WORLD
11. DANCE OF THE UNCLE SAM HUMANOIDS
12. MODERN MUSIC (REPRISE)
13. FORBIDDEN LOVERS
14. DOWN ON TERMINAL STREET
15. MAKE THE MUSIC MAGIC
BONUS TRACK
16. SHINE (B-SIDE OF SINGLE)

DISC TWO: CD

MODERN MUSIC
THE NEW STEREO MIX:

1. ORPHANS OF BABYLON (NEW STEREO MIX)
2. TWILIGHT CAPERS (NEW STEREO MIX)
3. KISS OF LIGHT (NEW STEREO MIX)
4. THE BIRD CHARMERS DESTINY
(NEW STEREO MIX)
5. THE GOLD AT THE END OF MY RAINBOW
(NEW STEREO MIX)
6. BRING BACK THE SPARK (NEW STEREO MIX)
7. MODERN MUSIC (NEW STEREO MIX)
8. DANCING IN THE MOONLIGHT (ALL ALONE)
(NEW STEREO MIX)
9. HONEYMOON ON MARS (NEW STEREO MIX)
10. LOST IN THE NEON WORLD (NEW STEREO MIX)
11. DANCE OF THE UNCLE SAM HUMANOIDS
(NEW STEREO MIX)
12. MODERN MUSIC (REPRISE) (NEW STEREO MIX)
13. FORBIDDEN LOVERS (NEW STEREO MIX)
14. DOWN ON TERMINAL STREET (NEW STEREO MIX)
15. MAKE THE MUSIC MAGIC (NEW STEREO MIX)
BONUS TRACKS
16. SHINE (NEW STEREO MIX)
17. FORBIDDEN LOVERS (FIRST VERSION)
18. THE BIRD CHARMER’S DESTINY (FIRST VERSION)

DISC THREE: CD

BBC RADIO ONE “IN CONCERT”
RECORDED 2ND OCTOBER 1976 AT HAMMERSMITH ODEON, LONDON

1. MAID IN HEAVEN (BBC IN CONCERT 1976)
2. BRING BACK THE SPARK
(BBC IN CONCERT 1976)
3. KISS OF LIGHT (BBC IN CONCERT 1976)
4. ADVENTURES IN A YORKSHIRE LANDSCAPE
(BBC IN CONCERT 1976)
5. FAIR EXCHANGE (BBC IN CONCERT 1976)
6. SHIPS IN THE NIGHT
(BBC IN CONCERT 1976)
7. TWILIGHT CAPERS (BBC IN CONCERT 1976)
8. MODERN MUSIC (BBC IN CONCERT 1976)
i. MODERN MUSIC
ii. DANCING IN THE MOONLIGHT
(ALL ALONE)
iii. HONEYMOON ON MARS
iv. LOST IN THE NEON WORLD
v. DANCE OF THE UNCLE SAM
HUMANOIDS
vi. MODERN MUSIC (REPRISE)
9. BLAZING APOSTLES
(BBC IN CONCERT 1976)

DISC FOUR: CD

LIVE AT THE RIVIERA THEATRE, CHICAGO 21ST MARCH 1976 –
THE OFFICIAL BOOTLEG

1. FAIR EXCHANGE
(LIVE 1976 – PREVIOUSLY UNRELEASED)
2. STAGE WHISPERS
(LIVE 1976 – PREVIOUSLY UNRELEASED)
3. LIFE IN THE AIR AGE
(LIVE 1976 – PREVIOUSLY UNRELEASED)
4. SISTER SEAGULL
(LIVE 1976 – PREVIOUSLY UNRELEASED)
5. ADVENTURES IN A YORKSHIRE LANDSCAPE
(LIVE 1976 – PREVIOUSLY UNRELEASED)
6. MAID IN HEAVEN
(LIVE 1976 – PREVIOUSLY UNRELEASED)
7. SHIPS IN THE NIGHT
(LIVE 1976 – PREVIOUSLY UNRELEASED)
8. BILL’S BLUES
(LIVE 1976 – PREVIOUSLY UNRELEASED)
9. BLAZING APOSTLES
(LIVE 1976 – PREVIOUSLY UNRELEASED)

DISC FIVE: DVD

MODERN MUSIC
THE 5.1 SURROUND SOUND MIX / NEW STEREO MIX (96 KHZ / 24-BIT) / ORIGINAL STEREO MIX (96 KHZ / 24-BIT)

1. ORPHANS OF BABYLON (5.1 MIX)
2. TWILIGHT CAPERS (5.1 MIX)
3. KISS OF LIGHT (5.1 MIX)
4. THE BIRD CHARMERS DESTINY (5.1 MIX)
5. THE GOLD AT THE END OF MY RAINBOW
(5.1 MIX)
6. BRING BACK THE SPARK (5.1 MIX)
7. MODERN MUSIC (5.1 MIX)
8. DANCING IN THE MOONLIGHT (ALL ALONE)
(5.1 MIX)
9. HONEYMOON ON MARS (5.1 MIX)
10. LOST IN THE NEON WORLD (5.1 MIX)
11. DANCE OF THE UNCLE SAM HUMANOIDS
(5.1 MIX)
12. MODERN MUSIC (REPRISE) (5.1 MIX)
13. FORBIDDEN LOVERS (5.1 MIX)
14. DOWN ON TERMINAL STREET (5.1 MIX)
15. MAKE THE MUSIC MAGIC (5.1 MIX)
BONUS TRACKS
16. SHINE (5.1 MIX)
17. FORBIDDEN LOVERS (FIRST VERSION)
(5.1 MIX)
18. THE BIRD CHARMER’S DESTINY (FIRST VERSION) (5.1 MIX)

VISUAL CONTENT
1. FORBIDDEN LOVERS (BBC OLD GREY WHISTLE TEST 1976)
2. DOWN ON TERMINAL STREET (BBC OLD GREY WHISTLE TEST 1976)

Also available Be-Bop Deluxe: Modern Music, 2CD Expanded & Remastered Edition

To pre-order: 
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New Age-World Fusion Review: Paul Adams & Elizabeth Geyer-Deeper Imaginings

Release Date: November 15, 2019
Label: Independent
Website: https://pauladams.org/  http://www.elizabethgeyer.com/

Paul Adams and Elizabeth have combined their talents once again to release Deeper Imaginings.  In 2015 the incarnation of this meeting came out titled Imaginings.

Every recording artist intends to reach their audience in some way. Dependent on the genre it can be for various reasons. When it comes to any kind of new age music, I have the opportunity to hear, there is one main focus, to bring a sense of comfort and healing to their prospective audience.

These very talented musicians that I like to refer to as artisans, decided to create something with a little bit of everything in it to make it a very interesting journey. I think it takes the soul of a multi-talented artist to create a project like Deeper Imaginings. In this case, it took several individual's contributions to make this project work. This amazing combination of new age, jazz, and world, is ultimately a satisfying fusion of all three genres. This is where the deeper reference comes in, it started as imaginings and now it is much deeper and reflective.

“The Unfolding” is a rich blend of genres with a calming fluidness to give it that meditative atmosphere of healing and an aura of energy. It has a far east flavor to it which puts a smile in my heart. I added it to my NAMR Spotify Playlist where it should be, alongside all the other great tracks by an artist in the same community that I want to create awareness of.

“Hope For The Game” has an interesting spoken word addition to go along with the music, yet another “deeper” dive into what can be our imaginings as sentient beings visiting this planet. We are just visitors for our lifetime and the planet will remain, at least we have that hope. We have the hope of a “New Morning” while we inhabit mother earth, that will live to see its beauty for another day. This is my interpretation however I do believe the recording artists would like to know that all those tracks are felt positively by each listener. I don’t think that will be a problem with this recording.

The combination of instruments is quite fascinating and different than your typical new age release because of the jazz element injected by Elizabeth Geyer’s Flugelhorn. Then her piano also helps that taste of jazz and in retrospect gives each track an entirely different musical window to look through. But then again, every instrument that is included adds another dimension, layer, and or texture making it all a very unique and symbol of the diversity of talent afforded a listener throughout the run of the eleven tracks.

Paul brings a lot to the table as well with a guitar, sitar, Chinese halusi, percussion, oud, synth, and dobro. This is where the world sound comes in and adds the spice and variety to each composition. All the elements come together for an amazing final partnership within each track. The “Endless Horizon” of sound and color will keep each listener enchanted from beginning to end. I find music with this much diversity to have the word “world” in it for one reason, we are one world and one people having the desire to live and love. This is one reminder of that goal.

The Players Are:
Paul Adams: Guitar, sitar, chinese halusi, percussion, oud, synth, dobro
Elizabeth Geyer: Piano, flugelhorn, vocals
Pravin Godkhindi: Bansuri flute
David Hoffman: Trumpet
Gary Green: Guitar
Alp Akmaz: Balaban (Duduk)

Keith “MuzikMan” Hannaleck
November 16, 2019


Review Provided By New Age Music Reviews

Tracks:
01. Endless Horizon
02. The Unfolding
03. Acceptance
04. New Morning
05. Essence & Flow
06. Allowing
07. Still Meadows
08. Awakening
09. All That I Am  
10. Evening
11. Hope For The Game



11/16/2019

New Age Artists Paul Adams & Elizabeth Geyer To Release DEEPER IMAGININGS on November 15, 2019


DEEPER IMAGININGS by Paul Adams & Elizabeth Geyer is a follow up to 2015's IMAGININGS 

Bringing together some of the worlds most accomplished musicians, DEEPER IMAGININGS by Paul Adams and Elizabeth Geyer is a follow up to 2015's IMAGININGS which debuted #1 on the iTunes new age chart and was the Zone Music Reporter's best Contemporary Instrumental Album of the year. It was a journey of happenstance, whimsy and the joy of sharing music and love between cultures. Elizabeth came all the way from Australia. Pravin Godkhindi played bansuri flute in India. Alp Akmaz who played the balaban (similar to duduk) is from Turkey. Former trumpet soloist and arranger David Hoffman is based in Illinois, and Gary Green of the legendary UK band Gentle Giant added gentle guitar.

Adams, with over 102 million streams on Pandora has shown that walking the road less traveled can work. “We all love to create much like a painter. The choice of color and hue is from the artist's whim and is independent from corporate dictate. I was thrilled to be able to use some of the instruments I built in my earlier years as a luthier. Guitars, dulcimer and electric sitar was blended with the natural genius of Elizabeth Geyer's piano, flugelhorn and voice, used in a textural and ambient way. Her ear is stunning and her musical intuition and training in jazz blended well with my rather improvised gentle folk approach, as well as training in ethnomusicology”

For Adams and Geyer, meeting Pravin Godkhindi on YouTube and Alp Akmaz on Instagram seems appropriate given today’s ease of technology. The fact that the musical co-operation was so natural shows what a tool it is to embrace and grow as the world shrinks around us. Adams comments that “there was an intuitive vibe in connecting with these musicians. A lot of freedom was encouraged. We had faith that each knew the best way to fill their role, and they really did.”  

DEEPER IMAGININGS can be found on the web and all digital sites like iTunes, Amazon, Bandcamp, CD Baby, Spotify and Pandora



To purchase:
BANDCAMP https://pauladams.bandcamp.com/album/deeper-imaginings
Apple Music https://music.apple.com/us/album/deeper-imaginings/1485285377
Amazon https://www.amazon.com/Deeper-Imaginings-Adams-Elizabeth-Geyer/dp/B07ZPFN6TW
CD Baby https://store.cdbaby.com/cd/pauladams20
Spotify https://open.spotify.com/album/4Mg8vqlYLOadYJVgNpBGbw

For more information, promo copies and interview requests contact:
Paul Adams at Paul@pauladams.org. PH: 1-309-688-0267
www.pauladams.org  / www.elizabethgeyer.com

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